Paul George Explains His Decision To Reject $150 Million Offer From LA Clippers

Paul George finally discussed his recent trade from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Philadelphia 76ers. For those who may not have heard, PG leaving the Clippers is one of the biggest moves this offseason has featured. Since George still has some good years left, his addition to the 76ers improves their chances of making a deep postseason push and even possibly passing the Boston Celtics.

While things are looking good for the 76ers, the same cannot be said for the Los Angeles Clippers. After all, they lost Paul George and got nothing in return. One has to wonder why things have reached this state between him and his team. George discussed it in detail during the last episode of his podcast. That said, let’s take a closer look and find out more.

The LA Clippers initially offered Paul Geroge a 2-year contract for $60 million

Considering Paul George was a star and played at an elite level during his contract year, one has to wonder how he felt after the Clippers offered him a smaller contract at 2 years for $60 million. In terms of finances, PG made the right move by leaving the Clippers because he ended up signing a 4-year contract for $212 million with the Philadelphia 76ers.

This initial offer made by the LA Clippers at the beginning of last season set the tone for a prize situation between them and PG. He revealed how their contract negotiations just didn’t go the way he expected.

“The first initial deal I thought was kind of disrespectful… No hard feelings. So the first initial deal was like 2 years 60. So I’m like woah woah woah. That’s crazy. So I’m like No, I don’t sign that. This may have been like October. Negotiations first started and it was 2 for 60 and if we continued, they’ll increase, you know inches…”

George added, “Then I hear wind of what they gave Kawhi. So I kind of give myself what Kawhi got. How you all look at us the same…I was being polite with that. Like and we still took less… They didn’t want to do that. So I’m like we don’t even talk anymore.”

Kawhi signed a 3-year contract with the Clippers for $153 million. Comparing that to what they offered PG, one can understand why he felt disrespected. Although he doesn’t have the championships to his name like Kawhi does, fans could argue that he has been much more consistent for the team compared to Leonard.

Comparing Paul George and Kawhi Leonard’s stats from last season

Statistically, Kawhi and PG have put up similar numbers this season. Paul George averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Leonard had 23.7 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.6 assists. Although Kawhi had better stats, the difference is quite small compared to George.

In addition, PG played in 74 games this season and was on the court quite consistently. Therefore, being offered a smaller deal and then having to prove himself began to take a toll on Paul George’s relationship with the team. He explained that contract negotiations finally stopped around the all-star break.

By that time, the Clippers were closing in on a 3-year, $150 million contract. While PG was fine with that deal, they didn’t want to add a no-trade clause to the contract. All these reasons made Paul George decide that it was time to leave the team.

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